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Turn The Key Softly (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] [1953]

Joan Collins , Yvonne Mitchell , Jack Lee    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joan Collins, Yvonne Mitchell, Kathleen Harrison, Terence Morgan
  • Directors: Jack Lee
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006L4QAF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,785 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Three women of very different backgrounds leave Holloway Prison on the same day in this 1950s drama. Monica Marsden (Yvonne Mitchell), is a well bred young woman who served time for a crime that her smooth talking but treacherous boyfriend David (Terence Morgan) had committed. Stella Jarvis (Joan Collins) is a beautiful working class girl whose easy virtue led to her incarceration while Mrs Quilliam (Kathleen Harrison) is a shoplifter who is old enough to know better. Over the course of 24 hours, each faces a struggle with herself to avoid a quick return to her criminal ways. David still exerts a powerful hold over Monica; Stella is drawn back to her old haunts and their promise of maximum financial gain for least endeavour; Mrs Quilliam has no money but somehow has to provide for herself. By the next day, have the women succeeded in resisting the temptations put in their path, or will they find themselves back behind bars?

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last a Well Deserved Release. 21 Feb 2012
I have seen this film twice and think it is one of the best British Films ever made. All 3 Lead Women play excellent parts. I am amazed and so pleased this is being released in Britain about time too.. A huge Thanks to Spirit Entertainment whoever you are. I look forward to more releases from you of old British films. The ending is classic. Buy this and enjoy. Mine is on order.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view of the past!! 30 Mar 2012
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I often find some films evoke the period in which they were made much more than others, and "Turn the key softly" is one of the very best. As we follow the fortunes of three women released from Holloway prison one morning during one day, you can really feel the atmosphere of London's streets. The film has excellent location photography, not just of familiar landmarks like Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, but of the suburbs too - Holloway and Shepherd's Bush. It is as close to being there yourself as you could get.

The film begins with a marvellous shot of trolleybuses (my favourite!) gliding past the old exterior of Holloway prison. There is a lengthy sequence involving a journey by tube, other location highlights being the old theatre on Shepherd's Bush green, the street market, and Joan Collins in Charing Cross Road.

The three leads all give very convincing performances, three women of very different characters dealing with their first day of freedom. Joan Collins as Stella, a "tart with a heart" who nearly jeopardises her chance of happiness; Yvonne Mitchell as Monica who has served time because of her love for David (Terence Morgan)and who nearly makes the same mistake twice, and wonderful Kathleen Harrison as Mrs Quillam, a pathetic and ultimately tragic old woman and inveterate shop lifter. Terence Morgan is at his most smarmy and manipulative, a role in which it seems he was usually cast. I can hardly recall a film in which he wasn't cast as an unpleasant character.

DVD transfer is very good, sharp and crisp with good audio level. For anyone who enjoys windows like this onto a lost Britain this film cannot be recommended enough. It is a simple story but well written and scripted and you will find yourself truly caring about the fates of Stella, Monica and Mrs Quillam. I know I did.

Thanks so much to Strawberry Media for releasing it onto DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb film 29 July 2012
By john
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This film is a must if you are searching for a trip dowm memory lane. Filmed in the turnng point in society when poverty was starting to be eradicated
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn The Key Softly 23 Nov 2012
By Alan. M
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I completely agree with all the previous reviews. If you wish to experience what life in 1950's London was like, then this film will portray a fair example, whether it be fashion, transport or architecture, this has got the lot. The story revolves around three women from different backgrounds being released from Holloway prison at the same time, what occurs during their time on the out makes up the story, they all fall into bad ways again. The main characters are played by Yvonne Mitchell, Joan Collins and Kathleen Harrison and are supported by a galaxy of British stars which add up to a pretty impressive cast. If you are a lover of old Brit movies then purchase this one, you won't be disappointed, the quality of this remastered dvd is excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film With A Message 14 July 2012
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I really enjoyed watching this golden oldie filmed during the early 1950s. Joan Collins was just beginning her career then, Kathleen Harrison was already a legend, and Yvonne Mitchell was beginning to make her mark as one of the astounding actors of the 1950s and 1960s.

Three women are released from Holloway prison at the same time. This film follows their progress during the next 24 hours. What happens to them is for the viewer to find out. But, there is an important message underlying their stories as they progress during that one day. All the women have to decide where their future lies, whether it is a return to a life of crime, or whether to start afresh.

Well directed by Jack Lee, with a decent soundtrack, mono though. Picture quality is not too bad either, bearing in mind the age of the film. The remastering team have done a decent job and should be well commended.

Worth a view, especially of London as it used to look during those far off days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant yet gritty 23 May 2013
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Taking place all in one day, the film follows three women who are released from prison on the same morning. A woman (Yvonne Mitchell) who took the rap for a crime her lover (Terence Morgan) committed, a young prostitute (Joan Collins) and an elderly grandmother (Kathleen Harrison) arrested for shoplifting. Each will spend their day in a different way before meeting up for dinner that evening after which fate gives some of them a second chance ... or not. Unlike most films of this type, this isn't a cautionary tale but a fairly realistic look about three essentially decent women who find themselves torn between destructive impulses they can't seem to help and an innate knowledge to do the right thing. Harrison's story is the most poignant and the most heartbreaking and it's interesting to see the young Collins showing much promise as an actress (a promise never quite fulfilled). Mitchell's character is the most frustrating because she's the most intelligent of the three women yet can't seem to see the obvious trap waiting for her. A neat little piece of social commentary that gets its message across without the preaching. Directed by Jack Lee from the novel by John Brophy. With Dorothy Alison, Thora Hird, Geoffrey Keen and Simone Silva.

The ITV DVD is a nicely rendered B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 ratio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turn the key softly.
It was great. we enjoy it & will keep getting the items from you. It came to Australia very quickly.
Published 1 month ago by Malcolmt48
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn the Key Softly.Starring Jon Collin.
A great oldie, a film our Joanie should be proud of. Makes me cry to watch it as it rally does touch your heartstrings.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs.C.M.Bryden
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This DVD
I loved this dvd, I saw it many years ago. I am now in my seventies it brought just as much enjoyment as the first time I saw it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by margaret lickfold
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifties nostalgia
An old film but very watchable. Not a fan of Joan Collins but this early work was good. All three actresses are believable and their stories on being released from prison are... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rosemary Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars for joan clooins fans
Never heard of this movie....... but I'll watch any early film with Joan Collins. Very interesting picture.....good cast and story. Glad that I bought it.
Published 8 months ago by bronxboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn The Key Softly
This film was made at a time were values were very much different and in many ways a lot simpler than today. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Raymond'o
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see Joan Collins
One must see Joan Collins in one of her earliest films. Interesting with several surprises. Good picture and sound quality.
Published 13 months ago by Jay Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn the Key Softly
Harrison stands out so well in this film as the class actress she is.
Collins' part is somewhat predictable the ending for her is disappointing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars TURN THE KEY SOFTLY
Turn the key Softly a great film starring the great actresses kathleen harrison , joan collins 1 to enjoy for all the family
Published 15 months ago by jacqueline bailey
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